Fauci warns about hydroxychloroquine and in-person party conventions

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, MD, said Wednesday that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment for COVID-19.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Anthony Fauci, MD, said Wednesday that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment for COVID-19. During a CNN interview, he said: "I'm not so sure it should be banned, but clearly the scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy for it." Researchers analyzing data of about 96,000 hospitalized patients reported on Friday that the drugs did not help patients fight COVID-19, while raising the risk for heart problems and death. Funded by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, the study found that between 16.4% and 23.8% of the roughly 15,000 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine and a similar drug, chloroquine—either alone or in combination with an antibiotic—died, depending on the regimen. By contrast, slightly more than 9% of hospitalized patients who did not receive an antimalarial died. Regarding political party conventions planned for August, Fauci said Republican and Democratic officials should "reserve judgment" on proceeding until they are sure the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations are significantly declining. He also said a second wave of infections later this year may be prevented if states adhere to government guidelines intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus.